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Skin Food (+ Giveaway!!!)

As far as beauty regimens go, mine is decidedly low-key. It goes something like this: take a shower, dry off, put pure coconut oil on my face and body. And that, friends, is it. I put lip balm on at night before going to bed, and always wear some natural lip gloss when I go out, but, otherwise, aside from the occasional face mask or body/foot scrub, this lady keeps it simple.

Lately, however, with the turn in weather and attendant drop in humidity, I’ve noticed that the coconut oil that keeps my face supple and smooth during the warmer months hasn’t been quite getting the job done. I’ve needed something more emollient and hydrating, but I wasn’t sure what. Until last week, that is, when my buddy Christa hooked me up with the perfect remedy.

Skin Food, created by Skin Fare, is a blend of certified organic coconut oil, palm fruit oil, beeswax, castor oil, palmrosa, rosemary, and helichrysum. Those 7 simple ingredients combine into a rich, thick salve that can be spread on your face, hands, feet, body-anywhere that you need it, really.

I’m seriously loving it. It’s got all the goodness my straight-up coconut oil offered, bolstered by the humectant properties of the castor oil and the emollient nature of the beeswax. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy, either, the one downside to pure coconut oil. Plus, it smells amazing! There is truly nothing I don’t like about Skin Food. The coolest part might even be that it’s made just down the road from me, right here in Candler!

And for you, you lucky small measure readers, there’s a treat, too! Christa graciously gifted me with some Skin Food to sample, as well as to share with one reader. That tube pictured above is your ticket to supple, happy skin. So, let’s have a giveaway, shall we (it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?)?!

To enter, just tell me a bit about how you care for your skin when the mercury dips. I’d also love to hear any tips on caring for children’s skin. Huxley is still crazy smooth, and I’d love to keep it that way. I’ll give him a bit of Skin Food if he seems to chaff.

The giveaway will run for one week, ending next Thursday, September 27th, at midnight EST. In your comment, please, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you, should you be the winner, via with a link back to your website/blog or by listing your email address. If you’re not comfortable leaving a public email, just send me a private message at ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here’s to cooler weather, seasonal shifts, and smooth, happy skin!


93 Responses to Skin Food (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Tanya says:

    I have been using organic coconut oil only, and find it to be wonderfully hydrating. In addition to plenty of water, of course…

  • Yasmin says:

    I always use a vitamin C serum on my face and some sort of a lip balm (especially in the winter).

  • I’m a user of coconut oil as well, and now and then I pick up a pot of Lush Lemony Flutter (,en_US,pd.html) for the rough bits. When coming out of the shower I try to pat myself dry instead of rubbing – I find my skin doesn’t get dry as easily that way.

  • Rhianna says:

    I always use coco butter on my face and body every day, especially in the winter when my skin gets so dry. And I always swipe some tinted Burt’s Bees on my lips to keep them hydrated.

  • Dena says:

    I’m usually the same as you: shower, put lotion on my face, and some lip gloss – but that was when I lived in Florida. I’ve just moved to Oklahoma and there is no such thing as humidity (no matter what the locals tell you here!). It’s already that time of year, apparently, when I have to put dryer sheets in my pants pockets so I don’t get zapped with static electricity when I close my car door. I am looking forward to my first autumn in Oklahoma, but winter downright terrifies me.

    I am a huge fan of lip balms and moisturizer creams, but even simple Vaseline has worked in a pinch when the air dries me out.

  • Jennifer Walker says:

    I remind myself to drink as much water as possible to keep my skin and lips soft.
    My sons gets chapped lips so we’re always trying to find a good chapstick for him. He’s very picky and doesn’t like anything “stingy” and anything that tastes too good because he just licks off. :)

  • Peggy says:

    I put lotion on my face and maybe lip balm in the winter, very simple. My skin gets dry in the winter, could be my age, we’ll blame it on winter:)

  • Loretta says:

    Soon to be 45 and after years of expensive goops and smelly lotions I have decided to go all natural. As I ran out of stuff I replaced it with a natural alternative and I am loving the results. The “wash your face with oil” has been the craziest but most wonderful experiment!!! Coconut oil has become a favorite and I have steadily added a variety of oils and herbs to my arsonal of feel good creations.

  • Doug says:

    We have used coconut oil on my youngest son since he was born. He had a bad case of eczema from the day he was born and we tried everything. The only thing that seemed to work was the coconut oil. Still keep a container of it around the house in case a dry rash breaks out.

  • Ouida Lampert says:

    Jojoba oil has been a great friend to my skin and hair. I tried coconut oil, but gravitated to the jojoba.

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve just noticed that as the temperature has cooled, my hands are getting drier. This salve sounds perfect! I use the oil cleansing method for cleaning my face (I did a post on it a while ago and I have a coconut oil lotion for summer and the gal at Whole Foods recommended this lotion for dry days that’s the texture of whipped butter and smells nutty Thanks for sharing!

  • Kym says:

    I’m a big fan of Rose Salve…I use it on my lips and my hands. When winter hits here in Michigan, I try EVERYTHING to keep my skin from drying out. It gets really really dry and cracks. Last year I tried Coconut oil and it was better than anything else, but I still need a heavy hitter. I’d love to try this!

  • Danielle says:

    I use a lovely locally made goat milk soap in the shower and occasionally a seasalt-lavender scrub. When I get out I smoothe on organic almond oil. I also use the almond oil at night to clean and moisturize my face. It takes mascara off beautifully on the rare occasion that I think about wearing it. I find coconut too oily for summer, but love it in the winter. However, I also find that at our elevation and especially when the gorge winds pick up (we’re in Oregon), it’s sometimes not enough on its own. Would love to try this product!

  • Laura Booth says:

    Bag Balm, Bag Balm,Bag Balm!! Its organic and made in Vermont. You can use it for anything. I use it for my cracked feet and any dry skin really in the winter time. It has a TON of uses, and it is also safe to use for little kids!

  • Tammy says:

    Naturopathica rosemary oil reducing moisturizer on the face in the morning, jojoba and tea tree oil on the face at night, coconut oil mixed with unscented burts bees lotion on the body and never leave home without the burts bees lip gloss!

  • Melanie J. says:

    About time to hunt thru the organics for something nice, because I hate using big brands…Aveeno’s been on my face most recently. Burt’s Bees is the exception for my lip balm, until I can make my own with your recipe from Women Who Cook. Now if I could just get the mercury to actually dip down here :(
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • I’m loving your idea of pure coconut oil! After our last bottle of storebought lotions run out we are going to switch over to that as well. We do use a lotion with vaseline in it that does a great job…

  • Come winter time, I slather my always dry hands and feet with cocoa butter before bed. Then, I slip on cotton socks and gloves while I sleep.

  • lasingh says:

    Soap and coconut oil…especially at night! I use sweet almond oil for daytime face and body moisturizing.

  • Bethany says:

    Hello there! First, let me say, i recieved your new book in the mail last night. Oh my goodness, i just sat on the couch and looked through each recipie from cover to cover. It looks amazing!!! I made the triple berry pie a month back when you had it on your blog! Anyways, i am simple as well, some organic lavendar lotion on my face and legs, chapstick, and i’m good to go! Can’t wait to try out this!!!

  • Megan says:

    I use the oil cleasing method – castor oil and a little grapeseed oil. They keep my face happily moisturized without feeling greasy. As for the other parts of me, I love busting out some sugar scrub when the weather turns and slathering it over my elbows, legs and feet. It helps keep things nice and smooth!

  • Christina Aiton says:

    Last winter I had such problems so I began to use a glycerin soap with which to wash and then slather on some jojoba oil – it worked wonders. thanks for the chance to win!

  • Laura says:

    I wash my face and put on face lotion. Then concellor and mascara. Would love to try this.

  • Christy says:

    I’m a fan of aloe vera – I love to walk around with my aloe mask (literally, straight from my plants). When I wash it off my skin feels tighter and fresher!

  • Tracey says:

    I have been using just coconut oil and sometimes a little tea tree oil on my face. Skin Food sounds like something I would love to try.

  • lauren michele says:

    this is perfect! minneapolis is just starting to get cold and dry and my skin is already crying for something to save it.

  • Beth says:

    I started washing my face with almond oil and moisturizing with coconut oil about six months ago and my complexion has never been better. I do get exzema on my hands though when I don’t wear the washing up gloves, so I would love to try this skinfood!

  • eidolons says:

    I make a calendula/coconut oil/beeswax salve for when it gets cold. It’s also great for baby bottoms, eczema, and a great many other things.

  • Anna says:

    I use almond oil for a body moisturizer but I’m curious about the coconut oil for face and body. Even better this skin food sounds amazing, I am definitely in need of something for the effects of cool dry weather on my skin.

  • Lisa Blair says:

    I use Jason Vitamin E Creme on my face in the winter months and Alba cocoa butter on my legs. I’ve never tried coconut oil before on my face. Would like to!

  • Nerissa says:

    Wow. I feel super un-hip for using aveeno but it’s what live here. It’s what I turn to when my skin gets dry.

  • Lindsey says:

    Almond Oil, mostly because I love the way it smells. Thanks for this chance to try something new.


  • Kat says:

    I love to cover my feet in moisturizer, plastic wrap, and warm socks and let it soak in for a couple of hours.

  • Annie says:

    I use Burts Bees moisturizer with royal jelly. I’ve also been using this awesome stuff I found at the Co-op that goes on watery, but leaves your skin crazy smooth. I smooth it on my lips and cheeks when it gets too dry in the office. I would really love to try this product, because my thumbs get cracked this time of year, and it’s impossible to find something to help out.

  • Jennifer says:

    I try to eat more walnuts and avocados in the winter, it seems to help prevent my normal irritating dryness.

  • Beth says:

    I don’t really do anything different, except make sure I have a good lip balm. I like Burt’s Bees and Neutrogena. My usual routine includes washing with a gentle cleanser followed by a moisturizer. Again, I like Neutrogena because it does have some sun protection for my fair skin. The Skin Food sounds very nice.

  • Kari says:

    My skin is always dry so I always shower with home made soap and use Aveeno lotion on my body and Oil of Olay Regenerist Serum on my face. I use Burt’s Bees lip balm also.

  • Lucy Snow says:

    As it gets colder I like Bert’s Bees Repair Serum under my eyes and around any fine lines. I’ve been enjoying Eminence Organic Naseberry these past few months, too. It’s just the right thickness for my combination/slightly dry skinleaves me wanting to try more of their products. I haven’t tried coconut oil, but will now! For kids I love Weleda products. SkinFood-well I have been dying to since my mom sent a clipping to me in Charlotte about their local start up company a couple years back. Moisturize smart-go local!… and get a little Asheville energy, too. Cheers to that!

  • Kelly Mosley says:

    I use carrot soap on my face and moisturize with a store brand moisturizer with spf. I’ve been in the sun so much this summer, that my face goes back and forth from oily to dry. My carrot soap is the best though!!!

  • Kate says:

    I use cocoa and almond butters on my body, but I struggle with my face! Wisconsin living is not kind to skin and I’m constantly in search of the magic elixir!

  • Carissa says:

    I just started using coconut oil on my face, and I love it! I was using red raspberry seed oil before, which is supposed to be a natural sunscreen, but it was too heavy and made me break out. Now that winter is approaching in MI I can definitely feel my skin drying out, and would be stoked to try the skin food!!

  • Shuler says:

    I love the Sophyto products for my face, but have yet to find something that can tame my scaly winter skin! Am willing to try anything within reason…

  • anja says:

    when it gets colder i use lots and lots of cold cream (by weleda) and iris cream (also by weleda)now and again i use a face mask for dry skin with shea butter.i just believe it helps:)) best from berlin,anja

  • Dixie J says:

    Im pretty simple too. Shower and then coconut oil as a moisturizer with Burt’s Bees lip balm.

  • R smith says:

    Macadamia oil is my current body oil, the skin just sucks it in immediately and leaves no greasy feel. We found it in Guatemala.

  • Penelope says:

    Ooh, this looks wonderful! I use an Aveeno wash, a Shaklee hydrating lotion and concealer, mascara and lip gloss. :)

  • kathy cooper says:

    I use vaseline for my skin and lips and even in my hair, I have dry skin and hair so it works best for me. when my hands are really overworked I slather the vaseline onto my hands and then put on my gloves and go to sleep . when I wake up the next morning they feel awesome !

  • kathy cooper says:

    oh darn I forgot to add my email

  • Michelle says:

    I use homemade organic oils, mixed together. It is evening primrose oil, sweet almond oil, and some essential oils…love it!

    On my kiddo I use Burt’s Bees body butter in the winter. Northern Wisconsin winters can dry ya out!!

  • Jessica says:

    I live way up north in Canada and the cold can be quite tough on your skin. I like to make a homemade body scrub with olive oil, honey, lemon and raw sugar to use once/ twice a week. I scrub-up in the shower in the evening and crawl into a warm bed. The next day my skin is soft and radiant. And the best thing about it, the recipe was a birthday gift from a friend =)

  • Tia Bednar says:

    i use an olive oil, egg yolk, & honey face wash, then follow up with a whipped egg white mask…viola!

  • laura says:

    I cleanse my face with avocado oil-I take a dime sized circle and gently rub it over my face and then use a warm wet washcloth to wipe away dirt/make-up (I wear very little) and excess—- no need for moisturizer after. I have dry skin and it is extremely sensitive….this works so well.

  • Megan says:

    oooh, Skin Food sounds amazing! I also use pure coconut oil on my face and body after I shower. last year we moved to a home that is heated by a wood stove, and I also noticed that the coconut oil was just not emollient enough to keep the yucky dry skin away. I didn’t change my skin routine because I didn’t have any ideas… but I love all of these comments! I just tried to humidify our home as well as I could. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jessica DeSpain says:

    I just use some basic Trader Joe’s lotion.

  • Kim says:

    Great name for the product……I love Almond oil and also coconut oil as well. Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, when I really want to get gussied up :) Thank you for the offer !

  • Vickie says:

    I use a natural product by Green Beaver called Après-ski face. I would love to try this Skin Food. I am ready for a change. Thank you for such a generous giveaway.

  • Brooke says:

    I have a really hard time finding a moisturizer that isn’t greasy but keeps my skin soft during harsh New England winters…..and isn’t filled with weird chemicals. Would really love to try Skin Food.

  • Jennifer says:

    We just use coconut oil here too. Sometimes I leave a tea bag in it to make it smell yummy, or I’ll add essential oils to it, but that’s about it. The skin food sounds amazing!

  • Valerie says:

    My skin gets really dry during the colder months of the year. I lotion up after showers to help fight the scaley skin!

  • Sarah R says:

    I’ve been trying the oil cleansing method for my face, but I haven’t quite worked out the best oil type/combo for my skin yet. Lip balm is a must (Dr. Bronners, but I want to get into making my own). For my dry non-face skin, I’ve been using Aveeno lotion for now while trying to figure out a better option.

  • Kelly says:

    I am a no nonsense girl myself! Ivory soap, moisturizer on face, and I am good. As winter approaches, I have to use more lotion or bag balm on dry areas…would love to try this product.

  • Diane says:

    That looks wonderful! Have never tried coconut oil- I will have to try it. . I wash with cetaphil and use Purpose moisturizer.

  • heather says:

    I LOOOVE skinfood, and I’m running out! But also African black soap has been a recent favorite! thanks again Ashley!

  • Laura says:

    I just moved to a much drier climate, and am suffering the consequences- I haven’t figured out a solution, yet, but just got some coconut oil to try.

  • Rebecca says:

    Ooohhh…sounds lush!

  • Karen says:

    Olive oil. On my face, hands and lips. That’s it.

  • Joi says:

    For my face, I use a combo of aloe gel and cocoa butter. I mix the two together and slather on. For my skin I mix together coconut oil and shea butter.

  • Katie says:

    I love EVOO! And coconut oil. I also make my own skin creams, etc. So easy to do and so rewarding. There are some really good books out there. Rosemary Gladstar and Dina Falconi come to mind right off the top of my head, for those of us that are DIY’ers.

  • Eleanor says:

    Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair cream is wonderful for hands and feet (especially vital when you wear chacos all winter).

  • Angie says:

    I add a little bit of course salt and a pinch of peppermint oil to coconut oil and use the scrub from head to toe.

  • Kathleen says:

    I’m big into cocoa butter for my lips at the moment–perfect for when winter arrives.

  • oukay says:

    The mercury almost never dips enough to cause low humidity problems. When it does, I like to use the Body Shops Lavender and Chamomile Body Butter. That said, I do have a jar of coconut oil that I might have to try.
    Is listing my email in the required slot for leaving a comment enough?

  • Kelli says:

    I’d love to try pure coconut oil. I’m always kind of skipping around to find the best thing. My skin is frustratingly prone to breakouts and very sensitive. For my daughter I love to use California Baby’s calendula cream; it’s a nice all-around remedy.

  • Patricia says:

    I am a 66 year old woman who has never used makeup or body lotion (other than hand cream) – my skin has been perfect – until lately… With winter coming on faster than expected (in more ways than one – lol), I realize I need something special for my skin. I’d love to win and use this – it sounds so perfect for me.

  • Harper Leich says:

    This looks great! I sometimes make Rosemary Gladstar’s perfect cream which is my favorite. If I don’t have all the ingredients or if I’m feeling too busy to make it, I’ll often use sesame oil that has been infused with an herb like ashwaganda or gotu kola.
    Love your blog! I hope I get to try Skin Food!

  • rachel says:

    I’ve slipped into Alba Botanica night creme, but would love to go with only coconut oil. Needing some night time help, for sure. Thanks!

  • cynthia says:

    I love Pure and Basic products, they have lovely oils and wonderful essential oil scents.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • allegra says:

    I have just learned of all of the wonderful properties of coconut oil. It’s like a magical product, food,
    moisturizer, wood preservative, and I don’t even know all of the things you can do with it yet.
    Sounds like a geat product I would love to try.

  • cyndi says:

    I really like philosopy Pure cleanser and vit. c serums.

  • Molly says:

    I wash my face (and body) with Farmer Jane Goat Milk Soap, especially the honey soap. It is moisturizing enough for my skin in the summer, and in the winter I’ll moisturize with a light tropical smelling face cream. I will also moisturize my hands with burts bees lotions (honey and milk) or coconut oil since they get pretty dry. For my kids, I use all natural soap (Farmer Jane Goat Milk) with honey. Kids have such great skin–so don’t do much else–just protect from too much sun and cold.

  • Rachael says:

    I’ve just started using honey as a face wash, and when the weather gets cool and the air gets dry, I like to add a little Vitamin C oil to my usual organic moisturizer.

  • Roxy says:

    Well . . . I have no magic ‘me’ repertoire. :( So I won’t share that. :) I might steal some mentioned here and I’d LOVE to win one of those sticks! BUT, I have two kiddos with silky soft skin (ages 6 & 3) and I will swear by LuSa Organic’s Calendula Baby soap in their baths. In the deep winter when things are drier, I use California Baby’s Calendula Cream (not the lotion) and it keeps them smooth like buttah! And that’s really all that touches that precious skin. (Other than dirt and the daily grind.)

  • Laura Moore says:

    it is a struggle but I usually use cerave. This product sounds great

  • Bruisemouse says:

    While we were living through a German winter I loved using Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. My sister-in-law put me onto it and I made sure to add a few to my luggage when we headed back to Australia. If only I could pronounce the name properly!

  • Leanne T says:

    I am going to have to research the coconut oil thing, I am new to natural products, so will be excited to try this. I use Cetaphil or Aveeno to wash my face, followed by a simple moisturizer, lip balm and some mascara. I love to slather the coco butter on at night, it makes my skin feel wonderful. I would love to try this Skin Food!

  • shelli says:

    I would love to give this product a try! Thank you!

  • Megan says:

    I recently bought some Kiss My Face olive oil soap and lotion, really loving it while the seasons start to change. Would love to give this a try too!

  • katherine d says:

    I use jojoba oil and aloe vera to keep my skin looking good

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  • meredith says:

    This product looks so fun! Ive never thought to use coconut oil to anything other than my cooking!

  • Mariapia Watzig says:

    I love the feel of coconut oil on my skin but this product sounds amazing.

  • mamajen says:

    I use Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby soap to wash my face. Its what my 4 little ones use in the bath and it smells heavenly. I moisturize my face Aura Cacia Avocado Oil. Our whole family uses a mixture I make up of Avalon Organics Lavender body lotion and Aura Cacia Lavender Oil for our parched Montana skin. Works fantastic as a long lasting massage lotion too. I do love Weleda’s Skin Food for hands and carry that around in my knitting basket during the winter. It gets so dry here! Skin Food sounds super duper lovely! Thanks Ashley & Christa!
    jenhammond (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Jessica says:

    I wash my face with organic facial cleanser that has neem and vitamin e oil, then I use a Kiss My Face moisturizer with alpha hydroxy at night I hear it’s important to continue to wear sunscreen even in winter because UV rays still come through the clouds… so my daily moisturizer has that as well! periodically i use a clay mask mixed with water and that really draws out tons of impurities.

  • Sherrie says:

    I bring out the coconut oil, too! And lip balm, lots of it. :)